Tomas Fujiwara Profiled, New Album Reviewed

Source: Bleader.

October’s Triple Double (Firehouse 12), a fantastic sextet album from drummer Tomas Fujiwara, includes a piece called “For Alan” that’s largely a duet between the bandleader and drummer Gerald Cleaver—but it opens with a recording the 39-year-old Fujiwara made when he was just ten. That recording includes a snippet of a lesson he was taking from master drummer Alan Dawson, who’s best known for his work with saxophonists Booker Ervin and Sonny Rollins. Fujiwara hesitates to improvise, and though Dawson gives him a pass “for now,” he insists that “you’re gonna have to do this,” explaining that “it’s the power of playing music . . . to express oneself within the framework of the piece.”